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20 C.J. Cron DH
Height/Weight: 6-4/235 | Birthdate: 1/5/1990 | Birthplace: Fullerton, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Los Angeles | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 16/5 | Average Draft Position: 233.60
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C.J. Cron to DH in Game 1 of ALDS


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Angels first baseman C.J. Cron will serve as the designated hitter in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Royals Thursday, MLB.com reports.

After a sold start to his season in May and June, Cron has slowed down considerably in the second half, hitting just .209/.261/.395 with two home runs in 43 at-bats in September. He wrapped up his first major-league season with a .256/.289/.450 line along with 11 home runs and 37 RBI in 242 at-bats.


C.J. Cron swats 11th home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Angels first baseman C.J. Cron went 2 for 3 with a three-run home run in his team's 5-0 win over the Mariners Wednesday.

Cron's home run came at an opportune time, as the Mariners turned to the bullpen in the seventh inning only for the Angels first baseman to immediately smack a three-run blast to put the lead out of reach. He has hit .273/.301/.482 with 11 home runs and 35 RBI in 220 at-bats.


C.J. Cron returns to starting lineup Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Angels designated hitter C.J. Cron made his return to the starting lineup Friday night against Houston. Cron was not in the lineup since Monday because of a forearm injury, though he did make a appearance Thursday as a defensive substitute. He has five hits over his first 11 at-bats since being called up in September.

C.J. Cron dealing with sore forearm


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Angels designated hitter C.J. Cron has been unavailable since Monday because of a sore wrist, the Los Angeles Times reports. Cron has five hits over his first 11 at-bats since being called up in September. He is expected to return this weekend against the Astros. 

Angels decide on September call-ups


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) The Angels have added six players to the September roster, accordign to the Los Angeles Times.

The team called up pitchers Cam Bedrosian, Wade LeBlanc, Vinnie Pestano and Cory Ramus today. Outfielders Brennan Boesch and Tony Campana were also promoted to the major-league club. 

The team also added John Buck, C.J. Cron, Shawn O’Malley, Luis Jimenez and Efren Navarro .


C.J. Cron likely to be called up soon


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Angels designated hitter C.J. Cron is likely to be called up soon, according to the Orange County Register

Cron has performed well in a nine-game stint in the minors, and could be on his way back up with the team facing two lefties during the weekend series. Cron has hit .266/.295/.462 over 199 at-bats this season.


Angels make a few roster moves Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) The Angels announced Sunday they recalled reliever Vinnie Pestano and pitcher Caleb Clay from Triple-A Salt Lake. To clear space on the roster, pitcher Cam Bedrosian and first baseman C.J. Cron were optioned to the minors.

C.J. Cron coming back up Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Angels infielder C.J. Cron has been recalled Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Cron will replace Grant Green on the active roster. Green was placed on the disabled list Wednesday. Cron has received 175 at-bats in the majors this season. He's hitting .269/.297/.480.


C.J. Cron sent down Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) The Angels optioned first baseman C.J. Cron to Triple-A Salt Lake Saturday, to clear room on the active roster for the acquisition of Huston Street.

Cron's demotion comes as a surprise, as he is hitting .269/.297/.480 with nine home runs and 27 RBI in 53 games this season. 


Hitters to sit in Week 16


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/18/2014) Thinking of starting Mike Zunino, C.J. Cron, Kolten Wong, Aramis Ramirez, J.J. Hardy or Steve Pearce in the shortened Fantasy Week 16 (July 18-20)? You might want to think again.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Hitters to target for the second half


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/13/2014) Need a sleeper for the second half? Matt Adams, Martin Prado, Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy and C.J. Cron are some of my favorites.

Check out my latest column to find out why.


C.J. Cron launches one


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Angels designated hitter C.J. Cron launched a three-run homer in the team's eight-run seventh inning Saturday. Cron's blast traveled 410 feet to center, and he finished 2 for 5 with two runs scored.

He's hitting .295 with nine homers and 27 RBI in 149 at-bats.


C.J. Cron pops two home runs Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Angels designated hitter C.J. Cron belted two home runs Friday against the Royals.

Cron got to work immediately. In his first at-bat, Cron stepped against pitcher Jason Vargas. After working a seven-pitch at-bat, Cron managed to get a hold of an 89 mph fastball for the solo shot. He struck again in the fifth inning. This time, Cron wasted no time, hitting the first pitch he saw for a two-run shot. 

Cron finished 2 for 4, with two runs scored and three RBI. 


C.J. Cron needs more owners


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/23/2014) When the Angels released Raul Ibanez this weekend, it didn't get much attention in Fantasy. He wasn't contributing much of anything himself, and at age 42, nobody expected him to.

But his loss is, of course, another player's gain, and that player just so happened to be a legitimate prospect coming into the year.

Maybe C.J. Cron is overlooked in Fantasy because he's spent much of his two months in the majors as a part-timer or, at times, even a reserve. But with Ibanez out of the picture, he's in line for everyday at-bats now, which makes his performance to date ... interesting, to say the least.

In 112 at-bats, he has hit .286 with six home runs and an .846 OPS, making him out to be what some prognosticators have suggested he is: another Mark Trumbo-type player. Or at least close to it. He may trade off some of Trumbo's homers for a higher batting average since his strikeout rate is a good bit lower, but even so, he could settle into being a .275-.280 hitter with 30-homer power.

Maybe in points leagues, his poor walk rate is enough to scare you away, but in Rotisserie, Cron should probably be starting at corner infield for someone.


C.J. Cron homers in third straight game


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Angels first baseman C.J. Cron entered the weekend with two homers in his last 27 games. He proceeded to bash a solo homer in three straight games as the Angels swept the Rangers.

Cron seems on his way to securing a regular spot in the lineup, especially with Saturday's release of Raul Ibanez.

"You don't really want to go a long period without seeing live pitching, and I did, but I prepared as if I was playing," Cron told MLB.com. "I think that helped me a lot getting back into it, and obviously, the more at-bats, the more pitches you see, the better you get."

Cron is hitting .286/.310/.536 with six homers and 18 RBI.


C.J. Cron belts third home run Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Angels designated hitter C.J. Cron belted his third home run Tuesday.

In the top of the eighth, Cron led off the inning against Tom Wilhelmsen. On the third pitch of the at-bat, Cron clubbed a 96 mph fastball out to left for the solo shot. He added a double earlier in the contest.

Cron finished 2 for 4, with two runs and two RBI.


Time to re-evaluate C.J. Cron


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/13/2014) When the Angels first promoted C.J. Cron to the big leagues in early May, I suggested he might not be worth the trouble in mixed leagues, pointing to his low walk rate as a way for pitchers to exploit him in the majors.

It was a logical enough stance and one I'd probably take again if presented with the same information for a different player. But with Cron homering for the second straight game Monday, I'm beginning to think it was the wrong one.

While it's true Cron didn't walk much during his time in the minors, he made contact at an exceptionally high rate for a power hitter. Compared to George Springer's one strikeout every three at-bats over his minor-league career, Cron had one every six -- or less than that, actually. More contact can only help a player's batting average.

Again, power is the main draw for Cron, and true to form, he has yet to walk in eight big-league games. But if he makes up for it by making consistent contact, he may have the upper hand on pitchers after all.

Of course, he'll have to play every day for any of this to matter, but as things stand now, I'm willing to take a flier on him as a corner infielder in Rotisserie leagues.


C.J. Cron goes deep again Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Angels rookie first baseman C.J. Cron continued to swing a hot bat in Monday's series finale against Toronto.

Cron took Steve Delabar deep for a solo home run in the eighth inning. He went 1 for 4 with a run scored and one RBI in a 7-3 defeat. He has six hits in his last 13 at-bats and has homered in each of his last two games played. He is hitting .393/.414/.714 with two homers and six RBI in 28 at-bats.

C.J. Cron slams first career homer in Saturday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) Angels rookie first baseman C.J. Cron began the game Saturday in Toronto hot. He left it hotter.

Cron blasted his first career home run in the third inning and after singling in a run and scoring in the first. He boosted his batting average to .417 and slugging percentage to .667 in the process.


C.J. Cron may not be mixed-league material


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/5/2014) Judging by his pedigree and minor-league track record, C.J. Cron probably has a future in the majors, perhaps even as an everyday player. But I don't know that he's worth a roster spot in mixed leagues only two games into his career.

Yes, he's looked good so far, going 5 for 9, but power is more his game. His lack of plate discipline could make him a liability in batting average at the big-league level. Twice he got more than 500 at-bats in a minor-league season, but never did he get more than 23 walks.

Of course, he was hitting .319 for Triple-A Salt Lake at the time of his callup, but for comparison's sake, Mark Trumbo, another former Angel with poor plate discipline, hit .301 at the same level. And clearly, he hasn't offered much in the way of batting average.

Then again, Trumbo has had a place on mixed-league rosters, high batting average or not, since he first became an everyday player in 2010. But is Cron ready to deliver Trumbo-like power in his first stint in the big leagues? I'm skeptical, but I think that's his best bet for mixed league-caliber production.

I'm not saying Cron doesn't have his place in Fantasy, but when I look on the waiver wire in those formats, I see players I'd rather have, like Corey Hart, James Loney or even Lucas Duda.


C.J. Cron enjoys three-hit debut in win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2014) Angels first baseman C.J. Cron celebrated a promotion to the majors Saturday by going 3 for 5 with a double and two RBI in his major-league debut as the Angels went on to defeat the Rangers, 5-3.

Cron began his career with an RBI single in the first inning and delivered another RBI single in the sixth to break a 3-3 tie. One of the top prospects in the Angels system, Cron hit .319/.369/.602 with six home runs and 26 RBI in 113 at-bats with Triple-A Salt Lake before his promotion.


Angels announce several moves Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2014) The Angels announced several roster moves prior to Saturday's game against the Rangers, the Orange County Register reports. Outfielder J.B Shuck was optioned down to Triple-A Salt Lake City while first baseman C.J. Cron and third baseman Luis Jimenez were called up from Triple-A and inserted into the starting lineup.


Cron is considered as one of the team's top prospects. The 24-year-old .319 with six home runs and 26 RBI in the minors this season. Jimenez hit .304 with seven homers and 15 RBI at Triple-A.


Angels send five to minor-league camp


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) The Angels reassigned second baseman Taylor Lindsey, pitcher Robert Carson, first baseman C.J. Cron, infielder Shawn O'Malley and catcher Anderson De La Rosa down to minor-league camp on Thursday.

C.J. Cron on track for 2014 MLB debut?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/1/2014) MLB.com Angels' beat writer Alden Gonzalez suggests Angels first base prospect C.J. Cron could make his MLB debut as soon as the middle of the 2014 season. Gonzalez feels Cron could be an option at DH for the Angels this season.

Cron is considered the Angels' second-best prospect by MLB.com. Cron hit .274 with a .428 slugging percentage and .746 OPS in 134 games for Double-A Arkansas in 2013. He had 14 home runs, 36 doubles and 83 RBI.

Gonzalez said Cron struggled with some of the bigger parks in the Texas League. However, Cron did very well in the prospect-laden Arizona Fall League, batting .413 with a .700 slugging percentage and 1.167 OPS in 20 games. He also had one triple, five home runs, six doubles and 20 RBI.


C.J. Cron not worried about lack of HRs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2013) Angels first base prospect C.J. Cron fell a triple shy of the cycle Saturday for Double-A Arkansas. Cron, who belted a career-high 27 home runs in 2012, homered for just the second time, but he's batting .350 (14 for 40) in his last 10 games.

"They usually come for me, so homers are never really anything I worry about," Cron said, per MLB.com. "I'm just sticking with the same approach that's worked with everything else. Obviously, I'd like to have more than just two, but they'll come."

Cron, who is considered the Angels' third-best prospect by MLB.com, is batting .315 with a .460 slugging percentage in 32 games. He has one triple, four stolen bases, 10 doubles, 11 runs and 18 RBI.